Canon IXUS 125 HS review

A 16.1MP snapper with face detection and 5x optical zoom

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The Canon IXUS 125 HS is fast to start up and is ready for action in less than two seconds of pressing the power button. Focusing is also quick, accurate and difficult to fool in most conditions.

The 5x optical zoom (24-120mm equivalent) lens may not sound remarkable in comparison with some of its IXUS siblings, yet it does provide a 24mm wide angle equivalent that should be wide enough for good close-up group shots, plus adequate telephoto range for most scenarios.

Zooming between focal lengths is a smooth and accurate process, making it easy to achieve precise focal length adjustment.

Canon IXUS 125 HS review

There's very slight barrel distortion visible at the widest focal length, changing to an equally minor pincushion effect at maximum zoom. However, this distortion is only apparent on close scrutiny when shooting architecture or geometric shapes.

Real-world dynamic range performance is impressive, with the exposure metering invariably striking a good balance between preserving highlight details and giving realistic shadow definition.

Chromatic aberration is visible in some high-contrast areas, but is only noticeable when pixel peeping.

Canon IXUS 125 HS review

The 16.1MP CMOS sensor provides a high level of detail that is sharpest in the centre of frame, although the lens still often maintains decent corner clarity.

Minor problems were evident in some landscape shots, where fine distance detail can sometimes appear slightly smeared, even at low ISO settings. It's difficult to determine what causes this, but the overall effect looks like the result of slightly overzealous noise reduction algorithms.

Nevertheless, this is a relatively minor issue that is unlikely to bother most users.

Canon IXUS 125 HS review

General high sensitivity (ISO) performance is very impressive, with the HS sensor virtually eliminating colour speckling in all but the highest sensitivity setting (ISO 3200).

Fine grain noise is still visible in shadow areas of low ISO daylight shots when viewing at full resolution, but this isn't distracting and is generally preferable to loosing detail as a result of extra noise suppression.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution16.1 Megapixel
Wide AngleYes
Product FamilyIXUS
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Image StabilizationOptical
Optical Zoom5x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameCanon
FeaturesLive View, Self-timer, Face Detection, Wink Detection, Smile Detection, Continuous Shooting Mode, Orientation Sensor
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMPEG-4, QuickTime MOV
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)135 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, WEEE, REACH, ENERGY STAR
Image Sensor Size1/2.3" (6.16 mm x 4.62 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution4608 x 3456
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height57 mm
Width93.2 mm
Depth20 mm
Focal Length4.30 mm to 21.50 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
External FlashNo
Focus ModesAuto
ManufacturerCanon, Inc
Product Model125 HS
Product NameIXUS 125 HS Compact Camera
Product LineIXUS
Exposure Control

Program AE

Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part Number6046B007AA
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Inside a slim, stylish metal body the IXUS 125 HS packs a host of helpful features - so taking great shots is a breeze, even in low light. Face ID prioritises friends and Full HD movies add to the fun.

Package Contents
  • IXUS 125 HS Compact Camera
  • Rechargeable Li-ion Battery NB-11L
  • Charger
Limited Warranty1 Year